Petelo Peeks/Lei Loves
Petelo and Lei are Samoan children who are exploring everyday life. They are learning new vocabulary about things around them as they go.
Petelo Peeks and Lei Loves begin at opposite ends of this book. Both books offer a repetitive pattern introducing new words in Samoan based on a theme. Petelo peeks focuses on transport while Lei Loves is about celebrations. At the end of each book is a reminder of the vocabulary used and a pronunciation guide.
The illustrations support the text with clear engaging pictures representing Samoan families in this gentle introduction to the Samoan language.
Title: Petelo Peeks/Lei Loves
Author: Dahlia Malaeulu
Illustrator: Darcy Solia
Publisher: OneTree House
Date of Publication: September 2022
Ages: 3 - 8
Do you have any advisory warnings for this book? No
Would this book work as a read aloud? Yes, if pronunciation is practised.
Is there a particular part of the country that it is set in? No
Reviewer: Elaine Wills, Library manager, Enner Glynn School, Nelson
How highly are you recommending this book? Recommend
What’s the book’s opening sentence? Petelo peeks out his window and sees…./Lei loves celebrating each year with her family.
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